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    DILG to sue 'Ang Probinsyano’ unless plot is revised

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) admitted that they are seriously considering filing legal charges against ABS-CBN's hit primetime show “FPJ: Ang Probinsyano.”

    DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that the charges will be filed against the producers of the show if they continue “with their grossly unfair and inaccurate portrayal of our police force."

    Leading star Coco Martin in "Ang Probinsyano."
    Leading star Coco Martin in "Ang Probinsyano" | Photo Credit: Instagram/ mr.cocomartin

    Malaya said, “Possible charges includes the prohibition on the use of police uniforms, properties and even using the acronym of the organization (PNP).”

    DILG is also looking at the show's possible violation of Children's Television Act of 1997 "because the show may have violated the National Council for Children's Television standards for television programs that should be child-friendly.”

    Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año also didn't hide his distaste over ‘Ang Probinsyano's’ plot.

    Año called out that the show's portrayal of cops “affects the morale of the PNP, especially those who are doing good in their job. 'Tinataya nila ang buhay nila diyan para mai-save kung sino man 'yung ise-save.”

    The Interior secretary explained that they want the show's plot changed. Año said, “Hindi natin gusto ipatigil, gusto nating baguhin 'yung kanilang plot."

    This all came after Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde called out Ang Probinsyano for their “very disturbing” portrayal of their men in uniform.

    ABS-CBN'S statement

    Meanwhile, ABS-CBN already issued an official statement over the issue. The management clarified that the show is “purely fictitious” and they had consistently shown a disclaimer at the start of the show.

    The statement read, “There is no intention to smear the reputation of any organization or portray any person in a negative light. The program has also portrayed its main character, Cardo, as a hardworking police officer dedicated to saving lives and serving his fellowmen."

    As in the past years, 'FPJAP' has highlighted that good shall always triumph over evil and has shared valuable lessons and family values that have resonated with viewers," it added.

    Coco Martin, the main actor and one of the directors of Ang Probinsyano also defended their show. He pointed out how it’s important to watch and understand the show in its entirety and not just parts of it. Martin said that he is willing to cooperate with the authorities to resolve the issue because he respects them.

    He said, “Ayoko na sana palalimin pa or what, pero sabi ko nga, para sa ikatatahimik at ikaaayos ng lahat, sana makapag-usap para maayos ‘yung mga bagay na hindi pagkakaunawaan.”

    "Sabi ko nga, sobra ‘yung respeto ko sa kanila, sa ating mga kapulisan, lalo na sa ating bagong PNP Chief, gusto ko personally makipag-usap sa kanila," he added.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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